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Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing
450 E Tyler Mall, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85281
Crossing the Line: Too Close For Comfort with Jennifer Spiegel
Date(s): Saturday, October 14, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Cost: $59 Regular, $44 Student
Learn more at piper.asu.edu/classes/jennifer-spiegel/crossing-the-line-too-close-for-comfort
About the Class:
This three-hour class will look at writing about intimacy—that is, writing stories, scenes, and situations in which characters trespass upon or are trespassed upon by other characters. Personal space is somehow violated as candor becomes a kind of aesthetic. When is it appropriate to expose characters so intimately? What purpose might this serve? How is such intimacy created? What effect does it have on readers? In addition to looking at example passages, we'll spend some time on writing exercises. Authors discussed include Elena Ferrante, Philip Roth, J.D. Salinger, David Sedaris, and others.
About the Instructor:
Jennifer Spiegel is the author of two books, The Freak Chronicles (stories) and Love Slave (a novel). She has recently completed both a second novel and a memoir-in-almost-real-time. In addition to writing, she teaches some college English, reviews books with Lara Smith as part of Snotty Literati, and recently co-edited a literary anthology on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” She lives in Phoenix with her husband, two kids, and miscellaneous pets.
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